12 January 2016
The Power of Time in Romeo and Juliet
“The measured or measurable period during which an action, process, or condition exists or continues.” Time is an indefinite period of time which conjures the past, present, and futures of mankind. Although time is infinite, it may pass faster than expected. The story of Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet begins Sunday morning, and concludes on the night of their death. The events which occur in Shakespeare’s play happen consecutively. The two ‘star-crossed’ lovers meet one night, then marry the next day, and death reigns over them a couple days later. As depicted in Romeo and Juliet, time seems to pass slowly without demand for haste, although that is not the case. Through this essay, Shakespeare’s hidden message about the importance of time will be discussed as seen through the characters and occurrence of events.
Romeo and Juliet (at points) seem to neglect the quickness of time, but their impulsive actions prove otherwise. The story of the young Montague and the young Capulet begins on Sunday morning, concluding on the Thursday night of that week. Romeo and Juliet`s actions seem to be short-sighted and impulsive however it may not have been uncanny to progress immediately in a relationship at this time period (Elizabethan era). Initially, Juliet meets Romeo at the Capulet Ball (Act 1, Sc.5) and falls into a deep infatuation with him. However, the extent of truth in this love is doubtful as both are adolescents and this ‘love’ may simply be lust. Following suit, (in Act 2, Sc.6) Romeo and Juliet marry one another without either parent`s permission. Shakespeare`s words manipulates the reader into believing that Romeo and Juliet...
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...finds him lying dead beside her with an empty vial in hand. Juliet kisses his lips, hoping to die of the same poison. To no avail, Juliet draws Romeo 's dagger and stabs herself in Romeo 's arms. Moreover, the conclusion of Romeo and Juliet is determined by the time and place of the events. Romeo`s invitation to the Capulet Ball creates the meeting of Romeo and Juliet. Not only so, but Romeo 's arrival at the Capulet ball angers Tybalt which is what leads him to his death (Tybalt). Romeo and Tybalt`s quarrel produces much sorrow for the couple. Romeo is banished, and Juliet mourns over Romeo 's death which in turn causes worry for Capulet. Friar John was quarantined, which prevented him from arriving to Romeo in Mantua on time. Romeo arrives at the Capulet vault, and commits suicide. Juliet wakes when Romeo 's lips are still warm, meaning he had only recently passed.
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